| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:16 PM
This year's streak of nasty weather is wreaking havoc on the economy, causing plunging worker productivity, soaring heating bills, canceled flights, damaged crops and frozen hiring.
But the bitter conditions, which last month left thousands stranded...
| Feb 15, 2014
Susan Aplin worked behind the scenes for two decades helping run some of the biggest retail stores around — Williams-Sonoma, Sports Authority, Staples, The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Pottery Barn.
But it wasn't until she and friend Carolyn...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 6:16 AM
Editor's note: Take 10 is a series of occasional features on prominent local residents and the possessions they treasure.
Greg Cangialosi's personal hashtag is #neverstop. It may not have been created by the 40-year-old Baltimore techie, but it's one...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 6:57 AM
With miniature aprons and plastic gloves folded neatly in front of them, nine kids paired in groups of three sit at a long table in the Executive Kitchen at Newington's Stew Leonard's, eager to get started. Soon they would be covered in flour.
| Dec 17, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Shopping for the wine lover on your list is always tricky -- you're never sure which bottle they already have or have already dismissed. Coastal Pinot Noir would have been perfect last year, but now they're back into Beaujolais. Here are some ideas that...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 3:41 PM
Rhythmic thumping of techno music filled the air as a series of models draped in fall fashions strutted across the T-shaped runway.
In September, a majority of Cross Keys retailers joined together to produce a series of fashion shows to highlight new...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 8:10 AM
Conceding that the Village of Cross Keys is in need of "investment," the owner of the residential, retail and office complex is planning a mostly cosmetic makeover that would revamp the gatehouse, freshen the courtyard of the shopping center, and turn a...
| Nov 27, 2013
Ugly sweater parties, peppermint mochas and those slightly addicting holiday tunes creeping on the radio are all pretty good indicators that it's about time you started cracking on your holiday gift list. Regardless of where you're shopping this holiday...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 2:46 PM
Christmas decorating spans from cutesy to nostalgic, but no matter the preference, it’s essential to peek into Chicagoland retailers with one thing in mind – making your holiday memorable you.
Whether looking to go all out or simply (and...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian American civil rights group had complained were culturally offensive.
The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website....
| Oct 14, 2013
| 10:47 PM
It’s no secret that the holidays revolve around food. And since food is served on plates – your table settings serve a huge role this time of year. But there’s no need to be overwhelmed by all your choices.